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June 8, 2012 2:43:35 AM

Hey, I've been planning out my first build for about 2 weeks and still need help in deciding what graphics card to get. I plan to get my parts from newegg in 2 to the 3 weeks. Currently I have a EVGA GTX 550 ti but I don't know if I want to upgrade because I'm on a semi-tight budget. I'm will be gaming on my new rig but I don't need a card that will run bf3 on max settings. I'm looking to be able to run games like Skyrim, Crysis 2, AC3, and Dead Space on high with at least 40-50 fps. Also games like Diablo 3, TF2, and Minecraft at max settings with 60+ fps.

So should I keep the 550 ti or get something like the 6850? Or even maybe the regular GeForce 560?

I have a 750W PS, an i5 3570k, and 8GB of DDR3.

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June 8, 2012 3:05:54 AM

I'd suggest you get all your parts without a graphics card and see if you're satisfied with the performance. You've got nothing to lose, if you need more performance, you can always get another card pretty fast, and if you are OK with it, you don't have to do anything.
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June 8, 2012 3:06:21 AM

Yea I would just wait. The 550Ti isnt that bad, so I would keep it until you have the money for something else.
June 8, 2012 3:11:19 AM

The problem is I can't really say a specific budget, I just want to most bang for my buck without spending a ton of money on just a graphics card.

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June 8, 2012 3:13:04 AM
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even with an i3 my 550ti can pretty much hit those frame rates at high/ultra details in the games you mentioned that i have. crysis2, BF3 and BFBC2

though i doubt you care i get 70-75 fps in far cry2 - i just like that game . .

save as much as you can so your upgrade will be phenomenal :) 
June 8, 2012 1:37:20 PM

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June 8, 2012 1:38:25 PM

Thanks for your help everyone, but I will be sticking with the 550 ti for now - upgrading in the future so I can get a 570 rather than get a 560 or so now.
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